Sugarland w/ Dave Stewart
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
April 27, 2012
The duo, Nettles and guitarist Kristian Bush (along with a full backing band), honored just about every song request that came their way as they put on a show that was completely for the fans. Appropriately titled the "In Your Hands" tour, Sugarland's fans got a sweet taste of the hits along with some more obscure tunes and covers. Having already toured in support of their 2010 album, The Incredible Machine, this tour is purely for the love of performing.
One of the tour favorites has been a cover of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," which the band covered admirably and toward the end of the night, the band challenged Nettles to sing "Ice Ice Baby" - the one song I could have done without, though she laughed through it in good fun. They also started their encore with a cover of R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" done in pure Sugarland style.
The strength here is the voice of Nettles who could sing the phone book and bring a crowd to tears. She playfully dances her way around a stage, knows when to draw a crowd in and when to let her voice do all the talking.
Originally a side project of the now-defunct Jennifer Nettles Band, Sugarland quickly became one of the top country acts with an appeal that crosses genre and age lines and this night was no different. Maybe next time around, someone can request Nettles sing something from the dictionary just to see how that goes...
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